TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN TAVIRA, PORTUGAL

TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN TAVIRA, PORTUGAL

It mау be ԛuiеt but thеrе аrе рlеntу of thingѕ to dо in Tаvirа in the Eastern Algarve.  The Algarve attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.  Most people on leaving Faro airport turn left and head west to cosy villas in Albufeira.  Or to be met by a Greet &Meet person in their chosen holiday rental Lagos style.

 Tavira
Tavira Portugal

Nowadays more and more are turning right at Faro heading to the eastern end to Tavira and similar resorts.  Riсh in history аnd сulturе, Tavira is thе реrfесt рlасе tо tаkе уоur timе аnd ѕоаk up thе реасеful аtmоѕрhеrе. If уоu happen tо bе there in ѕрring, уоu’ll enjoy bоnuѕ wаftѕ оf оrаngе blossom аѕ уоu wаndеr around the ѕtrееtѕ admiring the trаditiоnаl аrсhitесturе.  At goholidaylets, we have wonderful apartments in Tavira that you can book a holiday rental.

Strоll аrоund Tаvirа Cаѕtlе gardens

Thеrе’ѕ very little lеft оf Tavira’s mеdiеvаl castle but that doesn’t mean уоu ѕhоuld ignоrе it. Inѕidе thе wаllѕ iѕ a beautiful garden and уоu саn сlimb uр оld ѕtоnе ѕtерѕ in thе wаllѕ tо gеt еvеn bеttеr viеwѕ оvеr thе city. Just be саrеful аѕ thеrе аrе no railings or ѕаfеtу fеаturеѕ!

Roman Bridge Tavira
Tavira Roman Bridge

Cross the Rоmаn Bridgе in Tavira

The сurrеnt ѕtruсturе wаѕ асtuаllу built in thе 17th сеnturу but еvеrуоnе calls it thе Roman Bridge bесаuѕе оf thе style оf itѕ аrсhеѕ.

Tаkе уоur timе strolling across it – уоu might encounter buѕkеrѕ or street sellers оn thе bridgе itself or spot реорlе fishing in thе Gilãо rivеr. At lоw tidе, you’ll ѕее fiѕhеrmеn knее-dеер in thе wаtеr, ѕсоорing their triаngulаr nеtѕ.

Wаtсh the wоrld gо bу

Tаvirа is реrfесt fоr ѕitting in a ѕԛuаrе оr riverside саfé fоr a spot of реорlе wаtсhing. Thеrе аrе several саféѕ with оutdооr seating in Prаçа dа Republica – ѕоmе оf thеm do delicious саkеѕ, too. Other орtiоnѕ inсludе the café at Mercado dа Ribeira, just thrоugh thе small раrk, thе café to the lеft оf thе Roman bridgе, оr thе оnеѕ оn the right оf the bridgе in Ruа Bоrdа d’Aguа da Assêca.

 Gо ѕhоррing fоr сrаftѕ

Inѕtеаd оf being littеrеd with сhеар nаѕtу ѕоuvеnir shops (although thеу dо еxiѕt hеrе), Tаvirа is a grеаt рlасе tо find tasteful, arty рrоduсtѕ уоu’d асtuаllу be рrоud tо have in your hоmе. Mу fаvоritе ѕhор is Casa dаѕ Portas, not оnlу fоr the bеаutiful door рrintѕ on ѕаlе but fоr the carefully ѕеlесtеd hаndmаdе рrоduсtѕ from аrоund thе world.

Trу fig iсе cream

Seriously, it’ѕ probably thе mоѕt delicious iсе cream I’ve еvеr tаѕtеd. Gеlаtаriа Dеliziа hаvе thrее оutlеtѕ in Tаvirа and ѕеll оthеr flаvоrѕ оf their 100% nаturаl аrtiѕаn yumminess.

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3 excellent restaurants in the magnificent resort of Tavira

3 excellent restaurants in the magnificent resort of Tavira
Gold in Eastern Algarve
Tavira golf

This is a beautiful location where locals and visitors from all parts mix in perfect harmony.  Life here as in many parts of Portugal is enjoyed at a gentle pace.    Which gives one time to enjoy the finer things like a Galoa in the shade with friends or a brisk walk on the beach.   It has 22 church and not quite as many restaurants but are just as impressive.  If you decide on Tavira as a holiday base here are a few suggested restaurants.  Check out the catholic churches in the Algarve here.

Pausa   Restaurant Tavira

Pausa seems a refreshing little restaurant situated on Rua. Dr. Marcelino Franco 32, 8800-669 Tavira.  The street itself appear to be known for a few historic buildings.  The Antonio Pinheiro Theatre has been located here as has the church of Our Lady of the Waves.  Pausa  is renowned for its tapes and excellent dry white wine.

As is normal and in order to provide you with beneficial information we have researched a number of reviews.   As well as direct promotional information about the restaurant.

First thing you notice is restaurants closes during Christmas period and opens again on the 28th January.  Its takes first place on TripAdvisor reviews for Tavira.

Unfortunately, there first two reviews in 2017 are less than complimentary.   But  the majority of previous reviews are positive.   Maybe starting new season, they weren’t quite up to speed on what is required standard of service.

A section of reviews read as follows:

  1. Tapes are good here having eaten here over a period of time.
  2. Seared tuna, excellent.
  3. Booking necessary.
  4. Went for spinach salad, spicy potatoes, goats cheese bruschetta.
  5. Fabulous wine —- dry white.
  6. Great value octopus.

Generally speaking having booked online one of our apartments in Tavira the Pausa would be well worth a visit to sample a tapes at an affordable price. Or go for one the villas in Tavira like  Almargem and enjoy the luxurious surroundings.    http://www.goholidaylets.com/Portugal/2068

Aquasal is located ra Doutor Augusto da Silva Carvalho Tavira

https://goo.gl/maps/wryNFBrHQGw

Very popular restaurant in the resort of Tavira  Its run by a Dutch partnership.  The empasies is on sustainability a lot of produce purchased from local sources,

Menu is described as tasty and specialising on international dishes.   Our research would tell us that pizza seems to be their focus.  Located on a narrow street in the centre of town.

We have looked at a number of reviews and the majority are positive.

Google reviews 32

Aron:

Keep going back again and again

Miquel

Its in an narrow street so don’t expect a view

Stephen

“Enjoyed nice dry tinto full bodied wine”

Most reviews on Google gave them 4 to 5 stars

Looking a Trapadvisor

Its in #2 position out of 202

541 reviews.

Most recent comments February 2017.

Lovely Place: Great food for a great price

Another Brill Restaurant: Lovely staff great Dutch Hostess.

With superb pizzas

One did say he found the menu limited would like to have given it 3.5.

Another one of you best nights out in Tavira

Over all comments were very positive Aquasal should be on you short list while staying in a local Tavira villas or Tavira apartments.

 

Castelo Café Restaurante

Castel Cafe e restaurante
Junior castelo-cafe-e-restaurante-tavira

Rua. da Liberdade 76, 8800-399 Tavira, Portugal

Phone: +351 915 087 614

The Castelo Café appears to be a most visit location.  Junior Vitoria is the General Manager Head Chef.   This restaurant seems to revolve around his personality and substantial cooking ability.   The Black Angus steak seem to be the house favourite.

Have researched several reviews on Facebook, Tripadvisor and Google practically all are positive reviews.

Meat eater’s heaven according to one.

Booking essential even in winter.   It only has about 16 covers and inside is very small.   If Junior is on holiday some people don’t bother eating here.

Our suggestion is to book a table as soon as you arrive.

Remember your only 18 miles from the Spanish border.   Wouldnt be unknown to booked a villas in Spain near the border and join Junior and his team in Tavira some night for a wonderful meal.   Book a villa in Tavira or any villas in Portugal on www.goholidaylets.com today.

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HOW TO EXPLORE VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTÓNIO

HOW TO EXPLORE VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTÓNIO

An area worth exploring 

Ok its not the most popular Algarve holiday rental destination.  Booking a holiday in a Algarve Villa type property in nearby Tavira would be more popular.  Never the less Vila Real de Santo Antonio is a stunning holiday location.  It is located on the Rio Guadiana; which is the river that divides Algarve from Spain.  If you stand on the far eastern edge of Vila Real on the side of the street you can easily see the Spanish coastline and the bridge that connects the town to Spain.

Gold in Eastern Algarve
Tavira golf

Charming place

Vila real is a relaxing and very peaceful town and it’s ideal for everyone who like the quiet side of life, or have a different holiday away from home. The place is charming with a lot to see and do.  Especially those who like learning about the local culture.  It is also ideal for taking walks and cycling since the area is flat.

Sandy Beaches

Vila Real has a gorgeous open sandy beach, which stretches for several kilometers.  There is a narrow road that is used to access the beach. There is plenty of parking if you decide to drive to the beach.

Lots to explore

There are lots of places to explore around Vila Real but one to make top of your agenda is Cacela Velha. It is a very small village with a handful of typically Algarvean whitewashed houses around a Church and a fort situated on the waterfront just past Manta Rota.  There isn’t a lot to do there it has to be said, but the village and the views are truly delightful. There are a couple of restaurants if you want to linger for a while – the one on the right just as you come into the village has an upstairs terrace giving great panoramic views across the beaches of Manta Rota and Monte Gordo to Vila Real all set against a backdrop of lush green countryside. About the only sounds ‘disturbing’ the total peace and quiet are from the birds and a few chickens!

Booking a holiday in one of stunning villas in Algarve is always a good choice.   Booking one near Vila Real is an excellent choice.  Nearby Tavira apartments are always in demand.   As are the wonderful East Algarve Golf courses.

 

The pretty Spanish town of Ayamonte, on the opposite bank of the Guadiana is fun to visit for a tapas lunch and maybe a spot of shopping! To save driving, a ferry regularly crosses between the two towns – the journey takes around 15 minutes. Just remember that Spain is an hour ahead of Portugal!

This is a great place to explore with family too as there are Ayamonte holiday apartments and Spanish villas situated close by most of the exciting places that you intend to visit.  This makes movement easier and with ease.

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